During their time with us, pupils at Old Mill are encouraged to take part in many opportunities, outside of the classroom. Please see below for details:
- Each year group is given the opportunity to perform once a year to parents. These performances are linked to an area of their curriculum and allow children to demonstrate their public speaking, drama and music skills.
- Throughout the year, pupil learning is enhanced through off site visits and trips. These trips are linked to the curriculum and provide engaging and learning enhancing opportunities for children.
- In Years 5 and 6, children can take part in a residential stay. The Year 5 residential, is 3 days and 2 nights and is centred around 'Outdoor and Adventurous' activities such as rafting, climbing and abseiling etc. In Year 6, the children are taken away for the week (4 nights) to Scarborough, visiting the town of Whitby, a local beach and an aquarium etc.
- Old Mill is unique in that we have a fully functioning orchestra and a popular choir. Pupils regularly perform in the local community and at National events such as 'Young Voices'. Each year our School Association arranges a professional recording of our musicians, which is available for parents to buy. We also have peripatetic music tuition within school.
- Information about after school clubs can be found on our 'PE and Sport' page.
- We have a range of 'special days' within school, for example, 'Diwali Day', 'Decorations Day', 'Holocaust Memorial day', 'World Book Day' etc.
- Children are encouraged to become responsible citizens from an early age.
- We have a school council where each class is represented by a councillor voted for by the other members of the class. Children remain on the school council for a year and within that time meet on a regular basis to discuss issues. For example, there was a problem with Year 6 pupils not wearing school uniform. The school council came up with the idea of an alternative colour for the older children. This has been implemented and has solved the problem.
- Each class has two ECO Warriors who, as part of our ECO schools work, make sure that their class remembers to switch off lights etc. They also meet regularly with a member of staff to discuss environmental issues. Last year they organised a competition to design signs encouraging children not to drop litter. The winning entries were professionally made into real signs which are now displayed around the playground.
- Year 5/6 ‘Sports Leaders' apply and are trained by our Sports Leader to lead activities at lunchtime.
- Year 5 Road Safety Officers work with the Leicestershire Road Safety team to raise awareness in school. They have their own notice board and may have a message to deliver in assembly or a competition for us to take part in.
- Year 6 have a variety of ‘jobs’. They have to write a letter of application for their posts in September and receive a formal job description. These jobs range from ‘secretaries’ who man the office at lunchtime to ‘technicians’ who are responsible for operating the music, lights and computer in assemblies.